All you need to know:
QlikView Personal Edition
With QlikView Personal Edition, QlikTech offers a free version of QlikView for personal use. It is meant for
individuals, students or small start-ups. QlikView Personal Edition is the full QlikView Desktop product and
uses the same installation package. The only difference is that QlikView Personal Edition runs without a
If at any point you or your organization decides to acquire a full QlikView license, this Personal Edition
installation will automatically become a full QlikView Desktop without requiring any additional software
and without any changes to your QlikView documents.
There are no limitations in terms of time or functionality in QlikView Personal Edition, however there are a
few aspects to observe regarding the handling of QlikView documents. In QlikView Personal Edition, every
document is saved with a user key that binds that file to the computer it is created on. This implies:
l QlikView Personal Edition can only open files created using that particular copy of QlikView. This
means, with QlikView Personal Edition you cannot use your QlikView documents on different computers,
you cannot share your QlikView documents with another unregistered user, or open a Qlik-
View document from another user (exempted are documents specially prepared for personal use by
QlikTech). However, documents created in QlikView Personal Edition can be used with a licensed
copy of QlikView desktop and they can also be published on a QlikView Server.
l You cannot import an entire document layout (sheets/objects/security settings, etc. in XML format,
without the data) into QlikView Personal Edition.
Should you change computers, you will not be able to open your previously created documents with Qlik-
View Personal Edition. In this case, you can choose to recover your files. Recovering files means a new user
key is generated, assigned to the old document and used for all subsequent files, not only for that particular
file. After recovering a file, you can no longer use it on the computer that you created it in.
QlikView will accept 4 user key changes in a document. After that, you will get the error message “Key
length has reached its maximum” and the document will not open any more. The only possibility is to recreate
it from scratch.
Therefore, you should not recover QlikView documents that you did not create (from a forum or from a colleague,
etc.). Doing so will use one of your remaining recovery attempts.
As a user of QlikView Personal edition you can upgrade the software to a newer version at any time and continue
working with your documents. New versions may be downloaded on the QlikView download page and
installed on the existing computer.
If you have exhausted your recovery attempts, downloading a new version or downloading the same version
again will not reset the counter.
Users of QlikView Personal Edition do not qualify for telephone or e-mail support from QlikTech, but they
can gain excellent QlikView support through our active user community, QlikCommunity. All of the content
is accessible to our members, but you must register to post questions in the forum, download files or sign
up for training. The Share QlikViews section of QlikCommunity hosts over countless QlikView applications
that have helped our members learn about new, different and even fun uses of QlikView. All these
applications have been prepared for use in QlikView Personal Edition.
One of the best ways to learn about the capabilities of QlikView is through the QlikView Tutorial, which
provides helpful hints like expression examples, code blocks and design advice. The Tutorial and the corresponding
files can be downloaded on the QlikView download page. These documents are also adapted for
QlikView Personal Edition.